Relay For Life of Ascension Parish raises $162,000

Staff Writer
Gonzales Weekly Citizen

Thirty-five teams made up of cancer survivors, families, caregivers, local faith-based groups, businesses and clubs walked 9 hours in the American Cancer Society ‘s Relay For Life of Ascension Parish on May 2 and raised more than $162,000.

Relay For Life is a community-based, volunteer-driven event supporting the fight against cancer. Individuals and teams gather at a track or park to campout and walk overnight in confidence that their effort will lead to a cure. All walkers share the common goal of keeping at least one team member on the track throughout the event. Teams organize and complete fundraisers to raise money for the cause and fundraising may continue at the team’s campout during the event. These funds bring the American Cancer Society one step closer to its goal of helping people stay well; by helping them get well, by finding cures and by fighting back.

Since its beginning in 1985, Relay For Life has developed from one man running around a track for 24 hours to a full-fledged international event taking place in more than 5,000 communities and 20 countries across the globe with nearly 4 million walkers in the United States alone. Relay For Life is a community owned, volunteer driven fight against cancer and the world’s largest grassroots fundraising movement.

The American Cancer Society combines an unyielding passion with nearly a century of experience to save lives and end suffering from cancer. As a global grassroots force of more than three million volunteers, we fight for every birthday threatened by every cancer in every community. We save lives by helping people stay well by preventing cancer or detecting it early; by helping people get well by being there for them during and after a cancer diagnosis; by finding cures through investment in groundbreaking discovery; and by fighting back by rallying lawmakers to pass laws to defeat cancer and by rallying communities worldwide to join the fight. As the nation’s largest non-governmental investor in cancer research, contributing about $3.4 billion, we turn what we know about cancer into what we do. As a result, more than 11 million people in America who have had cancer and countless more who have avoided it will be celebrating birthdays this year. To learn more about us or to get help, call us anytime, day or night, at 1-800-227-2345 or visit